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iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 11-16-12

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



My Mini: The Unveiling. A Live Accounting...

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10:01 AM: My iPad mini arrived this morning, Thursday November 15th, finally! Right on time! Actually, I think I got mine a little earlier than some folks, maybe because I was up early that October morning, likely one of the first to place their order online at the Apple Store.
 
 
I've been curious as to what it would feel like, seeing the package arrive, unboxing my diminutive new tablet which I already feel I know so much about. I mean, it's not like I don't already have both an iPhone and an iPad 2. Would it still be as big a deal, would this new iDevice WOW me even more than what I'm used to, more than I might expect?



Count on OtterBox for protecting your iPad mini and other gadgets

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You can always count on OtterBox for heavy duty protective cases but also for rapid development of cases following the unveiling of a new Apple device. Sure enough, my iPad mini was just a few days old when I was able to wrap it in a protective Defender case from OtterBox.



Dear Cupertino, I'll Take a 6-inch iPad Nano Please.

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Yes, I did say iPad Nano. No, that is not a type-o.
 
Remember back, just 20 years ago? Who would've thought that laptops would have revolutionized mobile computing the way they did? Obviously someone. And who could have foreseen how, within a short time, laptops would come in sizes ranging from less than 11 inches to almost 2 feet!? But they have.
 
Now it is the age of the tablet. In this post-PC phase of computing evolution we are seeing the market dominated by both higher quality and more varied options of smartphones, “phablets” and tablets.
 
Personally, I say it's inevitable that Apple continually expands its product line, certainly if they wish to remain the dominating presence of the technology industry. Apple may not be “forced” to do anything, but they have, and will continue to see the intrinsic value inherent in offering an ever increasing variety of product options in terms of iDevice range, capacity and physical size.



Find your keys, wallet, and more with WalletTrackr from PhoneHalo

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Forget Find my iPhone, and Find my Friends... With the WalletTrackr, Phone Halo's SelfStarter (an open source competitor to Kickstarter) project, you can use your iPhone, or iPad, or iPod touch to find just about anything! Attach a fob to your keychain or insert a slim card in your wallet or purse and use their iOS app to find the object using a slick interface. The app will remember where the fob was when you were last in contact with it, and play a song when you become separated, and help you find it, much like Apple's Find my iPhone.


iPhone Maps App Update

It's all good in my world. Since Apple kicked Google Maps to the curb, they have been dodging arrows from critics because it's not perfect. I am not about to apologize or justify for Apple, only check in about my real life testing here in rural Vermont.



Where will Apple go next with its iOS devices? Some predictions

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Sometimes it seems like there's nothing new for Apple to invent. There are rumors of an Apple TV set, but it's hard to imagine that would have the potential for revolutionizing an industry, and goosing Apple's bottom line, in the same way as have the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. While it's difficult to guess what Apple will come up with next, I think there are some sure bets for the near term. So I'm going out on a limb and am making some predictions regarding Apple's mobile devices. 



Holiday Shopping Ideas: Five Best iPad Carryall Bags. [Review]

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The holidays are once again upon us, and iPhone Life is your trusty resource for informative reviews and great gift ideas this holiday season.  

Welcome to my roundup of some of the best iPad carryalls available, here at iPhone Life! The criteria being used for this collective is that each bag must be specifically designed to comfortably accommodate a 10-inch iPad, as well as being unique, ruggedly constructed and built to last. All of the bags featured here are exceptional in their own way, with the common thread that any one of them ought to provide you with years of loyal service. Depending on the conditions you expect the carryalls to be used in and the individual user's temperament, one bag will suit one person better than another might, but I believe that in this roundup there is something for everyone. Whether buying for yourself or for that special someone, I hope you find this compilation both useful and helpful in making your holiday gift bag decisions.



WINNERS! iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 11-12-12

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 245 people entered this week! We have selected the winners of this giveaway. We gave away 18 apps!



The cycle begins anew: Rumors of iPhone 5S

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We wouldn't expect a new iPhone until September of 2013 but already the rumors are beginning. DigiTimes, which has a spotty record in the rumor department, has today posted a translation of some news carried by the Taiwanese newspaper the Commercial Times. Their report says that trial production of an iPhone 5S will begin in December, with 50,000-100,000 units. Why so soon? The reason the iPhone 5 is in short supply is due to low "yield rates." That is, too many of the parts, or iPhone units themselves, are rejected as defective. That results in increased costs and short supplies.



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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